This is a snap from my ‘old’ (as of 3:10 p.m. CST on April 29, 2014) playing surface. I had built my own table and put a 1/8″ layer of cork on it to reduce noise and add texture. It worked well enough.

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The gaming mat is a fantastic and dramatic improvement over my cork (it really is a giant mousepad), well done! Like all good things, it makes the things around it (like my mish-mash of terrain pieces) look better than they really are! [Edit: Also, the drawstring bag is simple, but serves its purpose. I look forward to taking this mat with me when I travel for games.]

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Now my Eldar can defend their dead world from the despicable Adeptus Astartes, the uncouth Noise Marines and (soon) the pesky Tau, in style….

Warp Spiders!

April 6, 2014

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Put the finishing details on 8 Warp Spiders today. Their Exarchs are still bare pewter at the moment (who needs Exarchs anyway?).

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I am wondering if, even though the rest of the army has the bases trimmed in this ‘camel’ brown, I should go darker, with a walnut brown or something. On the one hand I want the models to look like they blend in with their desolate surroundings. On the other hand, I want them to ‘pop’. /shrug

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20140404_201812Got an itch. I have not played a flyer in my Eldar army a) because they’re paper thin (wafer thin) and b) because they might not come in on turn two. I like to have most of my army shooting from turn one; it’s what Eldar are good at, right? So…Stronghold Assault + Sky Shield Landing Pad + Old Falcon Chassis (unused, reused, reclaimed) = maybe I’ll by a flyer. [EDIT: So, I don’t own Stronghold Assault, and now I’m hearing the rule only applies to fliers with a ‘hover’ mode; time to ally in a Chaos Heldrake, amirite?]

Here’s what I have so far: The standard Sky Shield is about 105 sq”. I like the Wankel shape (he didn’t invent the shape, just used it to make an engine), so I did some research and found the formula for calculating the area. That gave me a radius (and equilateral triangle side) length of 12 3/16″. Close enough for government work. The Falcon chassis is almost 3 1/4″ from the exhaust to the ‘front’ where the Sky Shield will rest, which is just a little shorter than the standard one. I will be re-creating my super-cheap ‘clear’ defense line for the barriers.

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